Friday, 8 June 2012

Weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in the OPT (31 May–6 June)

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

IOF launched 10 air strikes on the Gaza Strip.
3 members of the Palestinian resistance were killed and 3 others were wounded.
10 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children, were injured.
A number of animal farms, a factory of dairy products, a workshop, a well, 3 agricultural rooms and a greenhouse were destroyed.
8 houses and a company were damaged.

A Palestinian civilian was seriously wounded by IOF in Hebron.

IOF use force to disperse peaceful protest organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.
9 demonstrators, including a child, were wounded.

IOF conducted 74 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.
IOF arrested 25 Palestinian civilians, including a child and a journalist.

IOF continued to attack Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip.
IOF arrested 3 Palestinian fishers, including a child, and confiscated 3 fishing boats.

Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
IOF destroyed 12 tents and 6 animal farms in the northern Jordan Valley.
Israeli setters uprooted 65 trees and set fire to at least 20 dunums[1] of agricultural land near Hebron.
Israeli settlers uprooted 75 trees near Ramallah. more

Kindergarten damaged in Israeli airstrike despite location being known to military

“We are very surprised by what happened because the kindergarten was announced in Israel, in short, they know we’re there, we opened the facility on March 19″: thus said to MISNA the President of the NGO ‘Wind of the Earth’, Massimo Annibale Rossi, which together with the Italian Cooperation and the Italian episcopal Conference (CEI), has funded and built the Umm al-Nasser kindergarten, damaged in an Israeli air raid last Saturday night.

“The ‘Children of Earth’ – the first children’s center in Gaza, which derives all its energy from solar panels – regularly hosts approximately 130 children between the ages of three and six, as well as organizing activities for the women of the Bedouin community next village,” explained Massimo Annibale Rossi.

“In an area with unemployment rates of 80%, with 9 out of 10 children suffering from intestinal parasites and the living conditions of a Sub-Saharan African country, despite being located just 30 kilometers from Tel Aviv – insists Rossi – you cannot target a rare oasis of fun and normalcy for children born and raised during a conflict and under embargo.”

According to the leaders of the structure, the damage caused by the raid, however, will not prevent the resumption of normal activities of kindergarten. more

Gaza man killed and another injured in Rafah tunnel collapse

Palestinian medical sources reported Thursday that a Palestinian was killed and another was injured when a siege-busting tunnel, on the Gaza Egypt border, collapse while they were working inside it.

The Higher Committee for Medical and Emergency services reported that the killed resident is in his twenties.

More than 200 Palestinians have been killed in similar tunnel incidents, and more than 800 have been injured since 2006.

The Palestinians started digging tunnels and after Israel enforced its deadly siege on the coastal region. more